Luke Evans Defends ‘The Crow’ Reboot; Promises New Material

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Luke Evans as Bard in The Hobbit Luke Evans Defends The Crow Reboot; Promises New Material

Whenever remakes of classic or well-loved films get put in development, the cast and production team often have to spend a lot of time defending the very concept of the remake and making promises not to infringe on what has gone before. Such is the case with F. Javier Gutiérrez’s upcoming version of The Crow, a particularly sensitive property to return to as lead actor Brandon Lee died during the filming of the 1994 original.

Several actors have circled or been rumored for the role of resurrected rock star Eric Draven during The Crow‘s long development cycle, but The Hobbit actor Luke Evans was the only one that stuck. As The Crow heads into pre-production, Evans has been fielding questions about the remake.

The Crow is actually better described as a reboot than a remake, since it’s a new version of the original story (as opposed to yet another sequel) based on the 1989 graphic novel by James O’Barr. O’Barr himself is involved in the making of the reboot, and in an interview with RCN TV, Evans has explained that the new film will go right back to the source material.

“Well, we just want to be as authentic and loyal to the original comic as possible, and that means the story will be different. It’ll be different from what people are expecting. It’s not about us ripping off the Brandon Lee movie, that stands alone as a brilliant piece of cult film and a great performance, but we’re going back to the book, the original book. And that’s exciting because we’re bringing to the screen a lot of parts of the story that were never really told. So yeah, it’s our chance to do it, to do it differently, but to be as loyal and respectful of the original storyline as we possibly can.”

Brandon Lee as Eric Draven in The Crow Luke Evans Defends The Crow Reboot; Promises New Material

Aside from Evans, there is very little known for sure about The Crow‘s casting. The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus was rumored to be the top choice for a supporting role, but it’s unclear how likely he is to take the part or even who he would be playing. There have been multiple iterations of the script, but the (current) final version was written by Warrior screenwriter Cliff Dorfman.

Evans definitely looks well-suited to the part of Eric, though we’ll have to wait to see him in costume in order to properly visualize it. When asked about The Crow’s iconic make-up and outfit, the actor admitted that he hasn’t been thinking much about that aspect of the role yet, and is instead fully engaged in preparing for the role physically.

Going back to the original comics and starting fresh does sound like the best possible approach to making The Crow. As always, however, it’s best to hold off on any real judgement until we get to see a trailer.


The Crow doesn’t yet have a release date, but we’ll keep you updated as production continues.

Source: RCN TV (via Coming Soon)

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  1. That seems to be the requirment for a remake these days, to say its not a remake.

  2. It’s a reboot, like Spiderman, LOL

    • Its the untold story….all over again.

  3. O’Barr had the pool of characters to justify more versions than what Hollywood has tried to reproduce time and time again. Brandon Lee’s work was his best and I’ve been a huge fan since the film’s release. But, to be fair, Luke Evans is a better actor. Film has evolved immensely over the course of twenty years. Let’s see something fresh and unique. The beauty of the idea was that it could happen during any time frame, to any race, any gender. All the films and the series, to date, have been spawns of Lee’s character. I look forward to seeing where else they can take the story.

  4. The Brandon Lee movie isn’t really true to the source material. If they are actually going to stick closer to the original comics this time, it has allot of room to be it’s own thing.

  5. is there even need in defending a dead franchise?
    even if they did a straight remake itd be new to a lot of people.

    • +1

      • +1

    • Agreed!

  6. Unlike many other movies, ‘The Crow’ and ‘Highlander’ are not aging well. What is harming these movies is the pop culture soundtrack, which they used to relate to a generation. I loved ‘The Crow’ in the 90s. I no longer listen or like those old songs anymore. Stone Temple Pilots make me want to vomit. Its sad. I use to listen to the band religiously.

    • I think that says more about how you’ve aged than the film. The movie fits that film perfectly. The original film was a product of its time, and the music adds to that atmosphere.

    • Pahah what a close minded statement. The Sound track is the 2nd thing I think of when I think of the crow. Its amazing and eery and i’ve loved it since I first saw it when I was a kid.

      As said, just because your music taste has changed doesn’t mean everyone else’s has and also doesn’t mean it doesn’t fit the film anymore

  7. The only “Crow” I like is the one on Mystery Science theater 3000!

  8. I really wish they would stop with all theese remakes!!!…ughhh

    • Batman Begins wasn’t a remake of Batman, was it?

      Therefore, this isn’t a remake of the 1994 movie.

      • No its really a reboot…a new out look for an old idea
        Remakes are fresh material for a original project

  9. WHY?! Brandon Lee was the CROW! Stupid Fecking Hollywood is dumb as heck if they are going to remake this.. >.< Stupid dumbasses you do not REMAKE something that was perfection nor do you dishonor the person who played the part by doing this…

    • I am tired of these remakes/reboots. I mean, why couldn’t they just expand the Spiderman story instead of rebooting it. Ugh

    • @agent x It’s not a remake of the original movie. If u read the article, they’re goin’ off the source material this time.

  10. The source material really does deserve a re-make. I was a huge fan of the 1994 version but the original writing was actually much more visceral and harrowing. I could see Reedus as Funboy. In the original he was the only one of T Birds gang that had any regret and even went so far as to ask Eric to ‘kill the bastard slow’. Reedus would be perfect for the drug addled thug who accepted the consequences of his wrong doings.

    • I think if they are going to stay true to the source material then I am all for it. Lee’s The Crow was epic but it also didn’t really follow the source material all that well. It also wasn’t as dark as it could have been. I am all for a reboot as long as it stays true to the material, like TASM has done, LOL. If we are going to get another Total Recall then they might as well leave it alone

  11. This is like the go-to excuse people use for ‘re-adaptations': this is a more faithful adaptation of the source material, not that really popular film that makes it feel like a remake when it isn’t. It’s the same thing they said for Oldboy, True Grit, Carrie, Starship Troopers, yada yada.

  12. Staying true to the comic while paying homage to Brandon Lee? Well then I’ll see this movie. I’ll give like a chance. An thank god James O’Barr is helping out. And also if Luke fails….he has a lot worse than the fans to answer to….he has to answer to Eric Draven!

  13. Hollywood seems to have no imagination.

  14. I really wish people would stop with the remakes = bad movie / bad decision auto-responses.

    I’ve said it countless times on countless websites; a good film is a good film and a bad film is a bad film regardless of whether it is a remake / reboot of a previous property of if it’s an original idea.

    If we didn’t have remakes, we wouldn’t have been able to enjoy great movies like Cape Fear, Heat, The Bourne Identity, The Fly, Oceans Eleven, The Departed, Man on Fire, Nightwatch, No Way Out, Scarface, Insomnia, True Lies, Little Shop of Horrors,(arguably) Lord of the Rings, (arguably) West Side Story, The Ten Commandments, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Assault on Precinct 13 (either version), Dawn of the Dead, The Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel, A Fistful of Dollars and The Magnificent Seven… which is before we even get to the upcoming Godzilla and Robocop films.

    Now each of them is a remake or a reworking of a previously released product and each one of them is generally considered a good-to-great film. Now, compare my list of remakes (which the “remakes automatically equal bad” camp would rather never existed) and compare it to abominations like Norbit, Freddy Got Fingered, North, The Room, Gigli, Superbabies, Jack & Jill, Santa with Muscles, Glitter, Vampire in Brooklyn or The Adventures of Pluto Nash.

    Basically, what I’m saying is that rather than just dismiss this because it is a remake / reboot (it’s the same thing really), judge the film on its own merits.

    Believe it or not, you can like the original and still enjoy the new version too.

  15. Tom would have been much better cast in this. This guy, no thanks. There went any interest in this re-make.

  16. I have been very mad and vocal about this remake for a long time now and think this is disgusting that they are remaking the movie after Brandon Lee lost his life working his butt off bringing his character Eric Draven to life. This film shouldn’t be made and Brandon should be respected. I will not watch this film if this is made and I hope all the actors realize by doing this movie their basically spitting on Brandon Lee’s Grave and Legacy. No crow film has a chance to ever be as good as the original with Brandon so I beg you please don’t remake this film.

    • This has nothing to do with Brandon Lee, this has to do with making a movie that’s true to the actual source material, which the original Crow movie was not.

  17. I WANT LUKE EVANS TO PLAY THE CROW AND I want action figure toys for the movie.

  18. brandon lee was epic as eric draven the part was played soo well and the film amazing has to be one of the best movies ever made as for a reboot im ok with it to a point but to be honest most remakes these days have been bad total recall nightmare on elm street to name a few.would be nice to see if this can work but cant see anyone playing eric draven better than brandon lee im afraid

  19. This is perfect! I’ve thought of introducing my kids to The Crow movie but thought the original might be a little too out – of – date so we cannot wait for the reboot. Reboot everything! Why watch the old when we can look forward to the new…..

    • Yeah, let’s reboot Schindler’s List and Bambi. I’m sure that would go over brilliantly…

  20. Norman reedus could pull off eric draven Luke evans is a terrible choice. Josh Harnett may be able to pull it off as well. Why Luke evans why????!!!

  21. I am totally horrified that you would even consider remaking this movie…this movie needs to be left alone.. Brando Lee died during filming yes so lets respect his memory and honor him in true hollywood fashion… you can do the crow everafter or the crow time stop or any other cute words behind it but the crow leave it be

    • @tammy mitchell they’re makin’ it cuz they plan on goin’ off the source material from the graphic novel. the brandon lee version didn’t follow the original story.

  22. I think that it is time for another Crow. The beauty of the story is that it spans time. It could be anyone of any race (man or woman). In the comic, there was a native American crow who was killed for loving a prairie woman. This happened in the 1800’s. I would love to see this crow. I think an actor who could play this well is Avan Jogia. He’s got the right look and you can really see him do this.

  23. What a damned disgrace! stupid, yet again remaking another movie that was perfect how it was! why do they keep re doing things that are fine how they are?! Brandon died making this movie, why would you dishonor his legacy by doing this? Oh and not to mention what a poor choice of actor for the role! are you kidding me, this luke evans doosh is BUTT-UGLY! if this guy would be in the film at all he should be a VILLIAN!. I mean look at him.. this is a joke.

    • @nightfall they’re not remakin’ the original movie. if u read the article, they’re goin’ off the source material this time, unlike the ’94 movie. there is no dishonorin’ brandon’s legacy by doin’ it.

  24. The original Crow is one of my favorite movies of all time. It is really irksome that hollywood is so out of ideas that they keep remaking films. If it isn’t a remake why call it by the same name. I will not see this film I will not want anyone I know to see it as well.
    Oh and this whole idea of kids these days don’t know about the original is bull, a lot of kids do, if they are interested in a genre they will know films that are well known in the genre, I watched this film when I was young and I was born after it was released, nearly a decade after actually, so stop with those obnoxious comments, it’s like you are just trying to find a reason for this continuous “rebooting” to be okay.
    I hope this flops.

    • @jen, the reason y it’s still goin’ by the crow is cuz they’re goin’ off the original source material from the graphic novel. the brandon lee movie changed the original story.

  25. f*** that!We had a brilliant movie,an iconic hero,a dark romance!Why the f*** J.O’Barr needs to cash out?And Evans?As Eric?No f*****’ way,man.Taylor Kitsch could do much more on this role.Please,don’t ruin our beautiful memories of the first (and,even the second) installment.Those movies,plus the original comics,are more than enough.